As you age, your features may lose some of their youthful volume, and wrinkles and folds may develop around your face. Dermal fillers can address these changes non-surgically, rejuvenating your appearance in a conservative, effective, and natural-looking way.
Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery provides a wide range of dermal fillers for patients in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. The breadth of our product lines allows us to offer treatment for every stage of need, and the women and men in our care typically see their physical age restored by five to ten years.
At CCFPS, board-certified surgeons conduct all of our dermal filler procedures. Practice founder Dr. Jennifer Porter has over 20 years of experience in both non-surgical and surgical rejuvenation techniques. Her expertise contributes to excellent outcomes and greater comfort for our patients.
The Benefits of Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are injectable solutions that offer a non-invasive option for restoring fullness and smoothness to your facial features. The result is a naturally youthful appearance. Treatments are lasting but not permanent, providing you with a significant aesthetic benefit without serious commitment or downtime.
Different dermal fillers have different formulations, active ingredients, durations of benefit, and consistencies. As a result, CCFPS uses each of the products for specific purposes. Some of the most common ways we help Washington, DC-area patients are:
- Returning definition and volume to the lips.
- Reducing the severity of nasolabial folds — the facial lines that develop between the nostrils and the edges of the lips.
- Limiting the appearance of the marionette folds (lines that run vertically from the corners of the mouth).
- Softening and filling out areas that have lost fullness over time, such as the cheeks and temples.
If you are interested in immediately younger features without surgery, explore treatment with dermal fillers at CCFPS.
Your Options With Dermal Fillers
The JUVÉDERM® line of products uses a modified form of hyaluronic acid: a naturally occurring substance that helps moisturize, soften, and volumize the skin. Individual products offer different consistencies so that a patient’s features feel natural and full following treatment.
If you have had problems with lipstick running, or if your lips aren’t as plump and defined as in years past, you may be a good candidate for JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA®. We recommend VOLBELLA® for Washington, DC-area patients who want to add fullness to their lips, create a starker border with the surrounding skin, and address fine lines that may have developed around the mouth.
VOLUMA can restore fullness to your cheeks if you’ve had moderate-to-severe volume loss. Most of our patients receive two doses per session — one for each cheek — to get back what they may have lost.
Drs. Porter may recommend VOLLURE® to fill in nasolabial folds, decrease the cheek-lip depression, and reduce the appearance of marionette folds below corners of the mouth. They may also use it in combination with VOLUMA® in the cheek to give a softer, more natural-looking result.
RESTYLANE® has one of the longest histories on the market among dermal fillers. While our doctors occasionally use the “standard” formulation for deep nasolabial and marionette folds, we also offer targeted treatment with other products in the RESTYLANE® line, including those listed below.
RESTLANE LYFT® is one of our favorite products for Washington, DC patients who need a lot of filler in different places. We can introduce LYFT in areas like the cheeks, nasolabial folds, and vertical lines below the lips.
The REFYNE® product is great for reducing the appearance of fine lines around the lips and for adding volume to lips that have lost fullness over time.
DEFYNE® has a thicker consistency than REFYNE®, which makes it ideal for treating severe marionette lines and nasolabial folds.
BELOTERO® is one of the most lightweight dermal fillers on the market. It has a tendency to stay in the location where it is injected, so the results from treatment are very predictable. Dr. Porter primarily uses BELOTERO® to fill in moderate nasolabial folds and deep tear troughs below the eyes. Resolving the latter condition can help you look more rested and alert.
Some of the patients that we treat from the Washington, DC area have experienced global volume loss. They might be committed joggers or marathon runners, or they may have a medical condition that has caused their features to appear less full and more angular. Using Sculptra®, our doctors can restore youthfulness to the face in areas such as the temples and around the cheeks.
Treatment with Dermal Fillers
When you come in for your initial consultation at CCFPS, you’ll have the opportunity to speak at length with your doctor about your aesthetic concerns and goals. Because we provide a range of solutions, we can recommend an approach that is based on your needs rather than limited by our offerings. If possible, bring in photos of yourself at an earlier age, as this can help guide our treatment planning.
In most cases, Washington, DC-area patients can get dermal fillers on the same day as the consultation. Here’s what you can expect in our care:
- We will clean and apply ice to the areas that we will be treating. This will desensitize the skin for a more comfortable experience. All of the dermal fillers that we use also contain lidocaine, an anesthetic that leaves the injection site numb and pain-free for about an hour.
- Your doctor will add the dermal filler in the areas that you discussed in your consultation.
- Depending on the location and number of injections, we may apply a special cream afterward to limit the possibility of bruising.
Treatment with Sculptra is a little different than with other dermal fillers. You will receive a topical anesthetic beforehand, and we will also use a “chiller” device during the process to make your experience a comfortable one.
Whether you get Sculptra or another dermal filler, the appointment won’t take long, and you should be able to return to most of your normal activities afterwards. Following your appointment, CCFPS recommends that you ice the areas where you received filler. We will see you back in our office two weeks later so that we can review your results. Knowing whether and where we need to add more filler in future sessions helps us fine-tune your treatment over time and give you the best results possible.
Dermal fillers vary in their duration. For example, BELOTERO® and “standard” RESTYLANE® last about six months, while REFYNE®, DEFYNE®, and most JUVÉDERM® products last about a year. With SCULPTRA®, patients usually have a total of two or three treatments spaced 6-8 weeks apart, and their improvement lasts about two years. When you feel like you need a touch-up with any of these dermal fillers, we welcome you to schedule a follow-up visit with CCFPS.
Get immediately smoother, fuller features with no downtime. Schedule an appointment for dermal fillers online or by calling our Washington, DC-area office at (301) 652-8191.